January 22, 2013 marks 40 years since the outcome of Roe v. Wade.
I had a couple of emails in my inbox today asking my thoughts of Roe v. Wade and abortion in general. This isn't a topic I have addressed before from a biblical perspective, but it is one that I think is relevant to my blog. I have some experience with the subject. However, because of the potentially volatile nature of this subject I would like to remind everyone reading that this is a Christian blog; any comments that are vulgar in nature, demean, belittle or propagate hate will not be tolerated.
That being said, lets jump right in.
What are my thoughts on abortion?
Abortion is murder because life begins at conception. (How do I know? See end***)
If you have a problem with that statement you should probably stop reading now.
Many people don't know the significance of Roe v. Wade, if you need more information it can be found here and here. Basically Roe v. Wade is the landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court that stated that most laws against abortion violate a constitutional right to privacy. This meant that you could now leagally attain an abortion in the United States. Since the decision made on January 22, 1973, the National Right to Life Committee estimates that 54,559,615 children have been killed.
Roe v. Wade has the stipulation that abortions should not be done when the child is viable, meaning that he/she can survive outside the womb. In 1973, this meant 28 weeks. Currently the survival rate of children born at 24 weeks is 50%. As science and technology progress the age of viability is pushed further and further back. When will it be decided that a fetus is a child, no matter the point in gestation?
|This is me and my sister at a protest |
against the 40 Days for Life Campaign
in College Station, Texas in 2009.
When I dedicated my life to Christ this was one of the areas I struggled with the most, especially when I began to really study my Bible and understand how precious each and every life is to God. My heart breaks to think of the role I played in the loss of children's lives. I have asked forgiveness but it has taken a great deal of prayer for me to get to the point to be able to write this article.
Yes, women have a right to privacy just like men. No one is arguing that. What feminists push is that women who have unwanted pregnancies lose the right to their bodies by being forced to carry the child to term. So, rather than carry the child to term and give it up for adoption, the answer is to get an abortion.
It needs to be clarified that abortion is not synonymous with women's rights, and not just academically. This is a lie that has been fed to one generation after another. This lie is HUGE and has a lasting impact. Christians need to stand up for the lives being lost, and rather than condemning the women who face this choice, show them the love and compassion of Jesus Christ, the one true model of sacrificial love.
"Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations."Jeremiah 1:4-5
"What then shall I do when God rises up? When He punishes, how shall I answer Him? Did not He who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same One fashion us in the womb?" Job 31:14-15
"For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well." Psalm 139:13-14